Canadian Cancer Society thanks and recognizes donors at the opening celebration of The Sobey Cancer Support Centre

22 September 2016

Halifax -

September 22, 2016 (HALIFAX, NS) - The Canadian Cancer Society officially opened The Sobey Cancer Support Centre today with a ribbon cutting, a donor reception, tours of the expanded facility and a plaque dedication to Marsha Sobey, Campaign Cabinet Chair. The expansion, which began construction in December of 2014, has now completed its 17 month renovation and today welcomed its key stakeholders to view the expanded, renewed and refreshed facility.

“Marsha Sobey and the support of the Sobey family have provided the Canadian Cancer Society with a provincial partner who is as committed as we are to making a difference in the lives of Nova Scotians with cancer,” says Kendra Morton, Interim CEO, Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division. “With this facility we are able to directly affect the quality of life for these patients and their families during treatment. We are proud of that achievement.”

At a groundbreaking celebration in December 2014, the Canadian Cancer Society announced a new name for the facility. Previously called Daffodil Place throughout much of the Campaign, that name was replaced by The Sobey Cancer Support Centre as a nod to the contributions of Marsha Sobey and the Sobey Family. In addition to funds and resources to support the expansion valued at nearly $2 million, Marsha provided invaluable leadership as Campaign Chair.

“We are thrilled to begin the next chapter with this beautiful facility which is truly the heart of cancer support, accommodations and services for cancer patients in Nova Scotia,” says Marsha Sobey. “We went out to our community of supporters for their help and they heard us. We share this celebration with all our donors.”

The Government of Nova Scotia, Department of Health & Wellness has been a strong supporter of The Lodge That Gives since its opening in 1990. The original Lodge was dedicated to the Province in 1990 and to further recognize their commitment to cancer care in Nova Scotia, the Province donated $3 million to the expansion campaign.

 The Sobey Cancer Support Centre

The Sobey Cancer Support Centre (www.sobeycancersupportcentre.ca) includes The Lodge That Gives, a Program & Wellness Area and the Nova Scotia Division offices of the Canadian Cancer Society. The expansion includes a larger dining room and restaurant-grade kitchen, new programming rooms, approximately 15 new bedrooms and a new Day Respite Room for families waiting between treatments.

The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives

In loving memory of Dr Susan K. Roberts, The Lodge That Gives will now be known as The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives. Dr Roberts, who was a long-standing and beloved Halifax-area dentist, left a generous legacy gift to The Lodge. After leading a life of generosity and care, this dedication means Dr Roberts can continue making a difference for those who need comfort during their cancer treatment.

The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives is comprised of two floors of accommodations in addition to the main floor. There are 32 bedrooms in total with a shared laundry, linen room, and a TV room/reading area on each floor.  

The Programming and Wellness Area

Steve and Kathy Smith were early supporters of the Campaign and provided a generous gift which will expand programming and services offered to guests. The Lodge holds special meaning for Steve who has supported many different cancer initiatives for many years. "The Lodge That Gives is primarily used by cancer patients from the rural areas of Nova Scotia where our Central Supplies stores have been located. Supporting the Lodge which has done so much for rural Nova Scotians who must travel to Halifax for treatments, is a way that we can give back to our friends, customers and communities." says Steve.

The Programming and Wellness Area includes rooms for activities such as yoga and Reiki, a multi-purpose room for games or meetings, an exercise room, quiet or meditation rooms, an expanded wig and breast prosthesis fitting room, a TV room and a computer area.

 Donor Recognition

Without the support of these key supporters and many others, the expansion of The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives would not have been possible. The Canadian Cancer Society thanks and recognizes the following donors:

KENT provided a donation to refurbish and expand the Dining Room.

A gift from the BMO Financial Group has provided an Exercise & Gentle Movement/Yoga Room for guests to help support their physical well-being during their cancer treatment.

A beautifully refurbished deck area provides a quiet outdoor space for guests during their time at The Lodge and was generously supported through a gift by Jonathan Neale & Avril Young.

Around the Bend Foundation graciously provided a donation to update and expand the Wig Fitting & Prosthesis Room.  This space has a wide range of mastectomy bras and breast prosthesis as well as salon services available to patients, free of charge by appointment.

Clearwater Seafoods LP gifted the building to expand the lobby and reception area to allow for more guest check-ins and greater accessibility for those in wheelchairs. Clearwater dedicated the space to all their employees in memory of those they’ve lost to cancer.

Other recognized donors include The Steele Auto Group and Newcap Radio, Massage/Reiki Room; GIVETOLIVE, Charlie’s Room - Exercise and Equipment Room; The Marjorie Fountain TV Room; The Bruce & Shirley Murray Quiet/Meditation Room; A Quiet/Meditation Room dedicated in honour Dr Jose Aquino Sr. MD; The Purdy & Beatrice Crawford Computer Area; and The Fred & Elizabeth Fountain Boardroom.

These are only some of the named donors who supported the Campaign. The Canadian Cancer Society recognizes and thanks all donors who contributed to the expansion campaign.

About The Daffodil Place Campaign

After opening its doors in 1990 and welcoming 24,000 Nova Scotians, the Canadian Cancer Society launched The Daffodil Place Campaign on September 19, 2012 with a campaign goal of $15 million to expand The Lodge That Gives in order to accommodate more guests. That goal was reached in 2014 and at a groundbreaking in December, it was announced the name of the completed building would be changed to The Sobey Cancer Support Centre.


About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society funds the best cancer research in Canada thanks to our generous donors and our rigorous peer-review process. We are the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada, funding hundreds of researchers in universities, hospitals and research centres. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

 

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For more information, please contact:
Heather Creighton Spriet
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia Division
Heather.spriet@ns.cancer.ca
T: (902) 470-2044

C: (902) 483-5027